Impromptu video skit between Brett Jolly and daughter Jazzmin

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This is a light exchange between Brett Jolly and his daughter Jazzmin. This is not rehearsed at all and absolutely impromptu. There was no intention to insult anyone so if anyone gets offended I sincerely apologize. Thank you and have a great weekend.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: The minimum wage)

Recently I had a discussion with someone over one component of  President Obama’s State of the Union speech. When the President mentioned “raising minimum wage to $10.10 dollars an hour, I heard one of the Republicans on television say that this action will only stop companies from hiring more people. Someone who recently agreed with that tried to debate me on  this issue. I quickly alerted him to the fact that “these companies have not been hiring more anyway, so why should we keep it the way it is?” I also know that if I were to get more money for the same job I am doing I personally would “want” to raise my production because then as an employee I would feel like I am “worth” more. Right now a lot of people have to work hard with at least “two” or more jobs just to make ends meet. If you raise the minimum wage, then in some of those instances it would no longer be necessary to have two jobs.  Also a raise should help workers keep up with inflation. You see, whenever necessary things like the price of “gas” goes up, then just about everything else that is tied in with it ends up increasing in cost as well. The problem is that when everything else goes up in price, the compensation for our jobs doesn’t necessarily raise in order to reflect or meet that level, which is now why most people feel the need to find new additional jobs. Since we cannot “significantly” lower the cost of natural gas, then the “least” we should do is give ourselves a raise in income to help offset the increase in the cost of living. Also, a LOT of people who know how much money they need to make will not even entertain the notion of going for a certain job because it has already been determined that is “does not pay enough.” That is why an increase in minimum wage is so necessary. To tell American workers they can’t get a raise because that raise won’t help others get hired is ludicrous. EVERYONE wants to make more money. The more money we make, the more money we spend, which also helps the economy. Also, if the productivity goes up, then companies will need to hire more just to keep up with demand. If you have noticed, most of the members of Congress who are against this measure represent the more affluent (in other words, the “rich”). These people already “have” money. These politicians will tell you that they are looking out for your best interests, and yet they are the same ones who will vote “against” you making more money and are willing to shut down government so that you won’t have a job (all for the sake of “your” best interest). Does that make sense? What is the purpose of working if it cannot help us sustain a living? When you offer incentives to work then you increase the desire to work. EVERYONE wins in the end. Isn’t that the way it should be? As always, I welcome any and ALL opposing points of view. Thank you and I hope you have a great day today.

The Elgins (“Heaven must have sent you”) and Brett Jolly in concert


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: Mother Nature)

Here in The United States, we have had a very rough winter so far. The temperatures in most parts of the country today have fallen to “dangerous” levels and their are big risks for those who dare to venture outside today. Here in Philadelphia, I believe the high “expected” for today is only 23 degrees. In other parts, the temperatures are expected to be “much” lower (especially with wind chills). When I experience temps like this I keep thinking back to all of those people who kept warning us about “global warming.” There ain’t “nothing” warm about what we are going through right now. Snow falls a LOT. The rivers here are frozen solid. I don’t even want to walk my damn dog. As tough as this winter has been so far, we are still lucky, because it “still” could have gotten even worse. I have heard that some places are experiencing wind chills of up to 30 degrees below zero. It is so bad that I cannot wait for the temps to reach “freezing” levels of 32. To me, that would be a “heatwave.” As much as we would love to be able to predict nature and weather, the ultimate decision comes from a “much” higher source than you or me. Tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes and heat waves are part of our existence, no matter how deadly they are, and we have to deal with them just like we have to deal with bone chilling temperature drops. For today, if you happen to live someplace where the weather conditions are bad, please be wise and dress appropriately. Today my father wants me to take him food shopping. He wants this EVERY week. At his age I need to be careful, so I will make sure to drive him to the entrance and let him out. We all need to exercise caution under these conditions. For us here in Philadelphia, Spring is less than 2 months away. That still isn’t soon enough for me, but I will still wait patiently (as though I really have a choice in the matter). In the meantime, I will dress right and I aim to be careful. For the sake of survival under these circumstances, I hope you do too. Take care today, and by all means, be careful.

Melba Moore and Brett Jolly in concert